LIBERTY, Texas - Trinity Valley Expo in Liberty, TX is excited to announce the inaugural National Collegiate Champion Shootout, presented by TVE Fair and Rodeo and sanctioned by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. The event will take place on October 19-21, 2023, at the Trinity Valley Expo in Liberty, TX, and will feature top-performing collegiate rodeo athletes from each region in the country.
The Collegiate Champion Shootout is an invitational style event that will award $100,000 in prize money. The event will feature the top 2 college athletes in each event from around the nation, by NIRA Region and will showcase action in the standard NIRA events including Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, and Goat Tying.
"Here at Trinity Valley Exposition (TVE), we focus on building today's youth for tomorrow's future. What a better way to extend our mission than by providing young collegiate adults a stage to perform on in front of hometown rodeo fans for a chance to win a portion of the $100,000 prize money," said Cory Anderson, TVE Rodeo Vice President. "We are proud that our organization is getting the opportunity to work with the NIRA and its athletes to provide a unique one-of-a-kind competition format."
The event structure will include Round One and a Shootout Round. Round one will feature two performances and one slack leading up to the Shootout. All 22 contestants will compete in Round 1 with the top 8 qualifying into the final Shootout Round.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with TVE Fair and Rodeo to bring this exciting event to the rodeo fans in Liberty, TX," said Jim Dewey Brown, National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Commissioner. "The Collegiate Champion Shootout is an excellent opportunity to showcase the best of the best in collegiate rodeo, and we look forward to seeing the top-performing athletes compete in this exciting event."
Details regarding qualifications, ground rules and entry process will be sent out directly to the NIRA schools for the 23-24 season. For more information about the National Collegiate Champion Shootout please visit www.collegerodeo.com.